Prosperity, Equality and Sustainability: Perspectives and Policies for a Better World
June 1-3, 2016India International Centre, New Delhi

This two-and-a-half-day conference, jointly organized by the World Bank and the Institute of Human Development (IHD), New Delhi, featured leading experts and scholars on diverse issues of global development such as jobs, health, food security and nutrition, social inclusion, social protection, education, and protecting the environment.

On September 25-27, 2015 world leaders adopted a new ambitious agenda for sustainable development, a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, ensure prosperity and equality for all, and tackle climate change by 2030.

Discussions on the 2030 agenda highlighted the importance of social inclusion and equality in the new development framework. In particular, there is global consensus on the idea that economic growth is not sufficient to reduce poverty. With rising inequalities, there is a need for immediate global action. This call for action requires universal policies that consider the needs of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged populations, with particular attention to exclusion based on gender, race or ethnicity. Social exclusion based on identity prevents some groups from accessing markets, services, and spaces, creating deep pockets of chronically poor groups that remain out of reach by national policies and programs (World Bank, 2013). 

The social inclusion framework sets the stage for an ambitious development agenda that is committed to leaving no one behind. This requires not only political will for reforms but also initiatives that advance the understanding of social exclusion and the poverty and social impacts of policies. Filling existing knowledge gaps is essential for developing effective and appropriate policy actions that (i) are tailored respectively to the social, cultural and political contexts, and (ii) respond to the needs and priorities of the poor and vulnerable. Governments often face complex challenges and trade-offs that require in-depth knowledge about the potential impacts of policies. Even well-designed policies may have unintended impacts that adversely affect vulnerable groups of the population.

This Global Conference featured presentations, keynote speeches, plenary sessions and interactive panel discussions by policy experts, academics and young researchers. The event was part of the knowledge and learning activities supported by the PSIA Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) in the World Bank. For more information contact Simona Palummo (             


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Last Updated: Jul 21, 2016

DAY 1: June 1st, 2016


Thematic Session 1.1: Jobs and Economic Security


Thematic Session 2.1: Education for Capability Expansion


Thematic Session 5.1: Challenge of Improving Environment


Thematic Session: 6.1: Strengthening Social Protection 


Thematic Session 7.1: Social Inclusion 


DAY 2: June 2nd, 2016


Thematic Session 1.2: Jobs and Economic Security


Thematic Session 2.2: Education for Capability Expansion 


Thematic Session 3.1: Food and Nutritional Security


Thematic Session 4.1: Building Healthy Lives 


Thematic Panel 1: Governance for Sustainability in Global Value Chains 


Thematic Session 3.2: Food and Nutritional Security 


Thematic Session: 5.2: Challenge of Improving Environment 


Thematic Session: 6.2: Strengthening Social Protection 


Thematic Session: 7.2: Social Inclusion 


Thematic Panel 2: Sustainability and Inclusive Urban Development in Global Perspective 


DAY 3: June 3rd, 2016


Thematic Session: 1.3: Jobs and Economic Security


Thematic Session 3.3: Food and Nutritional Security


Thematic Session 4.2: Building Healthy Lives 


Thematic Session: 7.3: Social Inclusion 

  • DATE: June 1-3, 2016
  • VENUE: India International Centre, 40, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi, India
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  • CONTACT: Binny Varma